Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Weekly Reads (Listens): The Rosie Project
While scanning edelweiss for new e-ARC books, I saw the sequel to The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, available (coming out in December, review to come!). I read the summary and remembered that one of my goodreads friends didn't like it. I thought it was Renee because I thought I remember her saying she only read it because her dog's name was Rosie. Well lo and behold, I pulled up her review and she loved it, and so did all my goodreads friends. Who the heck thought this was a bad book? Was it a different book with Rosie in the title?!! Am I loosing my mind?
I picked it up on audiobook and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the narrator. I enjoyed running my errands just because I wanted to listen to the narrator more. And the story was great too. Quirky, clever, funny. I loved it.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes clever love stories, and I can't wait for the sequel.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.